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Derbyshire Enterprise Helps Create Derbyshire Jobs Boost Add News81 to Scrapbook

Over 680 new jobs have been created in Derbyshire during the past year with the help of an organisation which provides advice and support to firms through the Business Link Start-up Service.

During the last financial year, Derbyshire Enterprise Agency (DEA) helped almost 500 new businesses - a significant achievement in the current economic climate according to DEA Chairman John Foxcroft.

“It’s encouraging to see there are still so many entrepreneurs in the County prepared to set up on their own and we’re delighted to have been able to help them,” he explained.

“Starting up in business can be daunting at the best of times but in the teeth of a recession receiving expert help and advice is more important than ever.”

A wholly owned subsidiary of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, DEA has more than 25 years experience of helping new businesses to succeed.

The organisation now delivers start-up services in the County on behalf of Business Link and help is delivered to both newly-formed companies and individuals thinking of becoming self-employed.

The range of services offered includes providing essential information and one-to-one guidance as well as organising business training and development workshops. “Working alongside Business Link, the aim is to help these fledgling businesses survive and grow – providing a platform for them to make a significant contribution to Derbyshire’s economy,” said Dr Foxcroft.

“In addition to the initial start-up service, around 480 businesses received further mentoring support from our team of experienced advisers based at the Brian Clough Business Centre in Derby.

“We’ve established a range of access points across the county from Swadlincote to Bakewell, Buxton, and Glossop and we will continue to work with a range of partners to ensure would–be entrepreneurs get the best possible advice,” he added.

Free Retail Survival Workshops Add News80 to Scrapbook

Thanks to a partnership working with Derbyshire County Council and a grant from the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership Progressive Towns Grant, a programme of free retail survival workshops will be returning to the High Peak.

The training package comprises of two evening workshops focused on low-cost or no-cost tips, techniques and ideas that retailers can easily put into practice on their return to work to help increase sales, spend and productivity. There will be an opportunity for further discussion and networking and every shop that registers can have a confidential mystery shop undertaken on their premises, thus giving valuable feedback. After the course is finished there will be a telephone support-line  vailable for one month for any questions to be answered.

The workshops were first run by Main Marketing in Chapel and Glossop during 2005 and were very well received by those who attended.

Two series of workshops will be held in the High Peak during 2009.

• The first series will be held on 7th and 9th July at Pavilion Gardens, Buxton.

• The second series on 6th and 13th October at New Mills High School & Enterprise College, Church Lane, New Mills.

Retailers from all towns and villages are welcome to come to any event and are not restricted to just those based in the workshop location.

For further information and to book a place contact Diane Jackson, Shop Doctor, Tel: 0845 129 9948, Email: shopdoctor@retailsurvival.co.uk

www.derbyshire.retailsurvival.co.uk

High Peak Innovation Centre Add News79 to Scrapbook

Working in partnership with the University of Derby and Vision Buxton, High Peak Borough Council have completed a feasibility study exploring the demand and viability for a Business Innovation Centre in Buxton.

The study, 100% funded by the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership, has found strong demand exists from local entrepreneurs, students and small businesses for an Innovation Centre.

The development could provide around 55 small units of between 150 and 1000 sq ft on flexible terms, along with meeting and virtual office facilities.It would provide the Borough with a business hub, which would not only benefit Buxton but also the rest of the Borough.

Business Connect June 2009

Business Connect June Issue Add News78 to Scrapbook

The current economic downturn makes it more important than ever that local businesses are aware of initiatives available to support their immediate survival and future development. This Business Connect newsletter provides a useful update on some of the support services available to local businesses through the Council and our partners.

Contents:

Grants for Business Investment

The Derbyshire Trusted Trader Scheme

Leaders First – An opportunity to develop your own skills

Regeneration News

Time to consider starting up in business?

How to get ahead by adopting green business practices

Free business listing for High Peak businesses

How to find out about Council contract opportunities

Shop Local

FREE Retail survival workshops

Peace of Mind for you and your Business

Is your small business entitled to rate relief?

Government help with business finances

Improved Support for Business Start-ups in Glossop Area Add News77 to Scrapbook

Glossop-based entrepreneurs can now benefit from improved help and support thanks to an organisation that provides practical advice to business start-ups.

According to Derbyshire Enterprise Agency, a subsidiary of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce, the current economic climate has seen increased demand for its services, with many people regarding redundancy as an opportunity to become self-employed.

In response, the Agency, which delivers the Business Link Start-up Service across Derbyshire, has announced it will be running a new series of business workshops in the town.

In addition, Business Link Start-Up adviser, Sue Scholes, will be based in Glossop for a day a week, working from the offices of High Peak Borough Council. Sue has many years' experience as a business adviser, working in rural communities to help people develop new sources of income through self-employment.

She has already helped dozens of businesses in the High Peak to get off the ground and Scott Knowles, DEA Director of Operations, said: "In Glossop we have seen a particular increase in demand for our services, and the town and surrounding villages boast a lot of talented individuals with some fantastic business ideas."

"We want to ensure people really understand what it takes to run a business, and equip them with the skills they need to make it a success. Sue is the ideal person to help them."

The next workshop, on business planning, will take place at the Gas Works, Arundel Street, Glossop on 11 June between 9.30am and 4.30pm. It will be followed by a further workshop covering sales and marketing on 24 June, whilst financial planning and ICT will be covered during future events.

Added Scott: "The workshop programme is free of charge and designed to cover all aspects of starting a new business, from researching your market to developing a business plan. What's more, through the office in Glossop, Sue will be available to offer new businesses ongoing help and advice throughout their first year of trading."

Credit Crunch Debt Advice Add News76 to Scrapbook

Derbyshire County Council is offering advice and guidance on how to cope with the credit crunch. Firstly, it is vital to avoid panicking or trying to ignore the problem if you are getting into debt.

The best thing to do if you sense that you have a problem with debt is to contact those you owe money to.

It is also important to respond to any letters or calls and let creditors know about your situation.

The sooner you ask for advice and guidance, the sooner you will be able to organise your finances and start planning ahead to pay off your debts.

Large amounts of money go unclaimed from the county council every year because people do now always know what they are entitled to.

There are a number of places to go to get free and independent help and advice on coping with and getting out of debt.

The National Debt Helpline can be contacted on 0808 808 4000, the Consumer Credit Counselling Service is on 0800 138 1111, Payplan is on 0800 917 7823 and the Citizens Advice Bureau can be contacted on 0207 7833 2181.

If you have a money problems, you should talk about it rather than keeping it to yourself and making life more difficult for yourself.

The council runs a benefit helpline which can check if you are missing out. Call 0845 480 1010 or visit www.derbyshire.gov.uk/welfarerights.

Source: Derby Evening Telegraph

Business Networking Event Add News75 to Scrapbook

Following the success of the Showcase Market and Sell Events held across the East Midlands in March 2009, funding has been secured for four more free events to enable you to showcase your business by networking with other businesses whilst gaining practical advice on marketing and how to tender.

9 June - Morley Hayes Hotel
16 June - The Legacy Chesterfield Hotel
23 June - Losehill House Hotel, Hope
8 July - Mickleover Court Hotel

The events are free and open to all businesses to exhibit, network and explore new partnerships and trade opportunities.

To secure your free place at a conference or to apply for one of the limited exhibition stand spaces, please email your details to showcase@dncc.co.uk indicating which venue you wish to attend. Exhibition spaces will be allocated via a lottery draw system.

www.dncc.co.uk/your-chamber/2611/showcase-market-and-sell-23-06-09

£1M Support for Peak District Businesses and Communities Add News72 to Scrapbook

A £1.253 million scheme has been launched by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda), the Peak District National Park Authority and the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership (DDEP) to support rural businesses and communities.

The three-year ‘Live & Work Rural’ programme aims to help businesses create new jobs and safeguard existing ones and enable communities to carry out projects to benefit local residents.

The news comes as independent research, recently commissioned by emda reveals the Peak District National Park contributed around £155 million* to the region in economic output (or Gross Value Added - GVA) in 2007. The National Park supports over 14,000 jobs across 2,800 businesses - a significant contribution to the East Midlands economy. The report also shows that businesses located in the Peak District can gain a competitive advantage due to the quality of the environment and the area’s profile.

The ‘Live & Work Rural’ programme aims to:

  • offer advice to anyone who has a business idea or is thinking of setting up a rural company that uses the Peak District environment as an asset with the aim of creating new jobs
  • work with existing companies to help them get grants from local and regional funding bodies
  • give companies advice about how they could use the Peak District environment to develop a business. This will complement business advice that will be offered by Business Link.
  • help businesses reduce their carbon footprint, care for the environment and get recognition for their green credentials.

The programme will also be used to develop the Peak District National Park Authority’s existing community planning work.

Homes, Jobs and Services Consultation for High Peak Add News74 to Scrapbook

By 2026 High Peak will need to accommodate growth in houses, employment and services of a scale equivalent to the towns of Chapel-en-le-Frith and Whaley Bridge combined. High Peak Borough Council is seeking the views of local people on the important decision of where new development will be located.

The scale of new growth in the Borough is dictated by the East Midlands Regional Plan. This requires that some 6,000 new homes be provided in High Peak between 2006 and 2026. Employment, community facilities, shops and other facilities will also need to be planned and provided to meet the needs of future generations.

Prepared jointly with Derbyshire Dales District Council, the Derbyshire Dales and High Peak Core Strategy will decide how the area develops up to 2026.

A major consultation exercise on the issues that the area faces and the potential options for addressing them started on 26 March 2009, and runs through until 21 May 2009.

To view online please use the following consultation website:

highpeak-consult.limehouse.co.uk/portal/planning/jointcorestrategy/issuesandoptions

Comments can be submitted online or by emailing ldf@highpeak.gov.uk/a>

Local Environmental Quality Businesses Add News73 to Scrapbook

Nineteen local businesses have won Peak District Environmental Quality Mark awards for achieving the highest standards of environmental care. The annual awards to eco-friendly food, farming, craft and accommodation businesses are presented by Peak District National Park Authority.

There are now 81 Peak District businesses who have achieved Environmental Quality Mark standard - all inspected and certified to confirm they actively reduce their environmental impact and help conserve the Peak District National Park.

They use locally-produced, environmentally-friendly goods and services, ensure energy and water efficiency, minimise waste, and provide environmental information to their customers. Farming award-holders also protect the wildlife and archaeology on their land. The menu for the awards dinner was specially-created from local food supplied by EQM holders.

The 2009 EQM award-winners are:

Farms: Lower Lady Meadows Farm, Bradnop; Grove Farm, Stanshope; Thorpe Farm/Hope Valley Ice Cream, Hathersage; Big Fernyford Farm, Reapsmoor; Longstone Hardy Plant Nursery, Great Longstone; Mistlehall Farm, Rowsley; Hall Farm, Grindlow; Paradise Farm, Chapel-en-le-Frith; Lower Wigginstall Farm, Reapsmoor; Rock Farm, Middleton-by-Youlgreave.

Shops, craft-producers and accommodation-providers: Christine Waygood Handframed Originals, Glossop; Studio 61, Lea; EcoEco, Hope; Sunny Bank Guest House, Matlock Bath; Riding House Cottages, Castleton; Jaret House, Tideswell; Derwent House, Matlock; Wheeldon Trees Farm, Earl Sterndale; Hargate Hall, Wormhill.

Information about the EQM scheme is available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm or from Faith Johnson on 01629 816321 or email faith.johnson@peakdistrict.gov.uk

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